Eclipse Images: Many Sun Shadows

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Laurie says:

I just put up two photos on Instagram (ignore cross out – the link works). Both pin hole camera images. One is a Pandemic Shadow photo and the other is an eclipse photo I took in 2017.

“The oval and the almost circles in these shadows are actually images of the sun as filtered through the leaves, which at certain times of day act like a pin hole camera and take the large image and in making it tiny “pin hole” images reflected into the shadows. So there are always lots of these to see at different times and places for photos, Of course finding the beautiful ones is not so simple.”

I’ve been fascinated by this since the first time I saw an eclipse reflected in the shadows. I’m going to put an eclipse photo up next on Instagram and write about this more.

There is something magical (a word I rarely use) about these images since I first saw them across the street from my studio a long time ago.
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These are part of a group of photos I took at the total eclipse in 2017 on the Oregon-Idaho border.

I’ve always wanted to see a total eclipse and this was my first chance to see one that was in a reasonable distance. Photographers always photograph the eclipse itself but aside from my fascination with the pin hole camera effect it was a chance to photograph something not usually seen as part of the eclipse. And however focused other aspects of my work are, I always am focusing on seeing differently.
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I took a whole series of these as the sun was eclipsing and then reopening. I was so absorbed in the shadows, I had to remember to see the eclipse! I was very lucky to find just the right place to do this and the red leaves really enhanced the beauty of the images.
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